Looking to have some fun with your kids or looking to satisfy that sweet tooth? Check out this recipe for delicious homemade Candy Apples.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 8 apples
- 8 wooden skewers
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup red cinnamon candies, like Red Hots
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Wash and dry the apples carefully. Remove the stems, and stick the skewers firmly in the stem ends.
3. Combine the water, corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 250 degrees. Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent crystallization.
4. Once the candy reaches desired temp of 250 degrees, add the cinnamon candies and stir briefly to incorporate. Continue to cook, washing down the sides, until it reaches 285 degrees.
5. Remove from the heat and stir the candy so that it is smooth and even. Hold an apple by the skewer and dip it in the candy, tilting the pan at an angle and rotating the apple to cover it completely with a smooth, even layer. Bring it out of the candy and twirl it to remove excess, then set it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
6. Allow apples to cool at room temperature. Candy apples are best enjoyed within 24 hours.
Brief History about the Candy Apple: by Samantha McCaul
The year is 1908. The place? New Jersey. Apparently William W Kolb, a candy maker, had been experimenting with an interesting cinnamon hard candy for the upcoming holiday season. In a moment, that can only be described as pure genius, Kolb dipped some apples into the mixture and put them on display in his shop window. We’re sure you can guess what happened next. Candy Apples became the next sugary craze. Kolb increased production to accommodate thousands of customers. The rest? Well we suppose that’s what you call history.
But Candy Apples are hardly limited to American sweet teeth. The treat is popular worldwide and associated with a number of different holidays and seasons. Germany and many South American countries, for example, eat candy apples during Christmas time, while in the United Kingdom people eat them on Guy Fawkes night while watching fireworks. In Japan they eat candy apples, as well as many other candy covered fruits, at a number of unique, traditional Japanese festivals. Sounds like they know what they’re doing. Sign us up!
So, not sure what you’re going to do this weekend. Have access to an apple orchard and a few hours to spare? Pack a picnic and bring the kids. Bring the dog. Bring anyone, actually, pick some apples and take part in history! And remember to let Concord Foods be the supplier of your candy goodness.
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Photo. Jacqueline Macou